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Hardcover, HarperEntertainment, 2007, ISBN13 9780061351426, ISBN10 0061351423

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From one of the greatest rock guitarists of our era comes a memoir that redefines sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll

He was born in England but reared in L.A., surrounded by the leading artists of the day amidst the vibrant hotbed of music and culture that was the early seventies. Slash spent his adolescence on the streets of Hollywood, discovering drugs, drinking, rock music, and girls, all while achieving notable status as a BMX rider. But everything changed in his world the day he first held the beat-up one-string guitar his grandmother had discarded in a closet.

The instrument became his voice and it triggered a lifelong passion that made everything else irrelevant. As soon as he could string chords and a solo together, Slash wanted to be in a band and sought out friends with similar interests. His closest friend, Steven Adler, proved to be a conspirator for the long haul. As hairmetal bands exploded onto the L.A. scene and topped the charts, Slash sought his niche and a band that suited his raw and gritty sensibility.

He found salvation in the form of four young men of equal mind: Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin, Steven Adler, and Duff McKagan. Together they became Guns N' Roses, one of the greatest rock 'n' roll bands of all time. Dirty, volatile, and as authentic as the streets that weaned them, they fought their way to the top with groundbreaking albums such as the iconic Appetite for Destruction and Use Your Illusion I and II.

Here, for the first time ever, Slash tells the tale that has yet to be told from the inside: how the band came together, how they wrote the music that defined an era, how they survived insane, never-ending tours, how they survived themselves, and, ultimately, how it all fell apart. This is a window onto the world of the notoriously private guitarist and a seat on the roller-coaster ride that was one of history's greatest rock 'n' roll machines, always on the edge of self-destruction, even at the pinnacle of its success. This is a candid recollection and reflection of Slash's friendships past and present, from easygoing Izzy to ever-steady Duff to wild-child Steven and complicated Axl.

It is also an intensely personal account of struggle and triumph: as Guns N' Roses journeyed to the top, Slash battled his demons, escaping the overwhelming reality with women, heroin, coke, crack, vodka, and whatever else came along.

He survived it all: lawsuits, rehab, riots, notoriety, debauchery, and destruction, and ultimately found his creative evolution. From Slash's Snakepit to his current band, the massively successful Velvet Revolver, Slash found an even keel by sticking to his guns.

Slash is everything the man, the myth, the legend, inspires: it's funny, honest, inspiring, jaw-dropping . . . and, in a word, excessive.

Specifications

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publish Date: Oct 30, 2007
ISBN-13: 9780061351426
ISBN-10: 0061351423
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 480
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.75
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 9.5 x 6.3 x 1.5
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Customer review by gunsgirl

5.0 stars by gunsgirl

This book is for anyone who loves rock n roll and guns n roses fans.. its help one understand the life of guns and roses and slash its tells you a lot a bout him and the other members of the band and other bands at that time. i would read the book again and again.

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Excellent biography
1/14/2008

Customer review by ksit1082

5.0 stars by ksit1082

An excellent biography for a legendary figure in rock and roll history. Gives excellent insight into his life and shows the problems and obstacles that he had to overcome going from his troubled childhood to Guns N Roses to the successful Velvet Revolver. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to know a little more about such a influential figure in the history of rock and roll.

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Great Book
1/19/2008

Customer review by Doolittle

5.0 stars by Doolittle

If you are a fan of Slash, Guns N Roses or Velvet Revolver, you'll love this book. Even if you are not, it is still a very interesting story. Slash is brutally honest throughout: You get his side of the story about the break up of GNR and the sordid details of his love affair with drugs and alcohol. This was a great read; it's written well and with intelligence. I couldn't put it down! Definitely worth the money.

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